City to probe STL operations

City government probes small-town lottery operation (file photo)

The City government will probe next week the small town lottery (STL) in Puerto Princesa to look into the legality of its operations and investigate complaints of alleged non-payment of winning bettors.

Councilor Nesario Awat said they want to determine the basis of STL outlets operating without a mayor’s permit and approval from the City government.

Operated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstake’s Office (PCSO), Awat said there are already about 20 STL outlets in different parts of the City, none of which had secured a mayor’s permit.

“Hindi nagbigay ang City (license). In fact nagulat nalang nga kami meron na dito (STL),”Awat said.

He said they will ask PCSO representatives and operators of STL outlets to appear during next week’s question hour of the City Council.

Awat also said they have received at least two complains of local bettors claiming they were not paid for their winning tickets.

“Yun ang gusto nating liwanagin. Gumawa ng legislative measure para maprotektahan natin ‘yung interest ng mga mananaya,” Awat said.

The PCSO guidelines for STL outlets, however, does not require applicants to secure a local permit. Among the requirements enumerated in the PCSO website are: duly accomplished STL application form, company profile, financial statements, tax clearance, and latest curriculum vitae.

Awat said they would file a resolution against STL operations if they are able to determine that its local operations are questionable.

“Unang-una baka mag-file kami ng resolusyon kung sa tingin namin ay ilegal yan,”Awat said.

“Ididirect namin para saraduhan nalang ‘yan. Walang mayor’s permit. Pero kung ‘yan naman ay may basehan ayon sa national law at hindi na kailangan ng permission sa LGU titingnan natin kung ano ba ang batayan,” he added.

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